Theaterfestival Basel - For over 25 years!



1991
Founding of the festival "Welt in Basel" under the artistic director Christoph Stratenwerth / Workshops with more than 1000 pupils / Guest performances by Peter Brook, Robert Lepage and others.

1993
Highlight of the festival: Handspring Puppet Company (Johannesburg).

1996
Artistic director: Renate Klett / World premiere of Christoph Marthaler's "Lina Böglis Reise“ (invited to Berliner Theatertreffen) / Sasha Waltz & Guests (Berlin).

1999
Artistic director: Christoph Stratenwerth / Renaming of the festival to "Theaterfestival Basel“.

2000
Highlight of the festival: Théâtre du Soleil, Ariane Mnouchkine: "Tambours sur la Digue“.

2002
Artistic director: Eric Barth / Fire shows and machine theatre at Kaserne with Groupe F.

2004
Artistic director: Susanne Winnacker / internationale directors and companies like Needcompany.

2006
Highlight of the festival: Les Ballets C. de la B. "Vsprs“ and Emma Dante.

2012
Successful relaunch of the festival under the artistic director Carena Schlewitt with 179 artists from 12 countries, 18 productions, and 49 shows.

2014
In its second edition the festival with the artistic director Carena Schlewitt exceed the high expectations. With 170 artists from ten countries, 16 productions and 50 shows the festival continues to excite audiences.

2016
With 20 productions, over 100 events and 11 workshops in 13 days, Theaterfestiva Basel 2016 directed by Carena Schlewitt could present a broad spectrum of contemporary performing arts to a big audience.

2018
12 days the 18 productions from 12 countries amazed us, surprised us and made us rejoicing at Theaterfestival Basel 2018, directed by Tobias Brenk. Beside the theatre spaces in Basel-Stadt, Baselland and Solothurn, Theaterfestival Basel took also place in the urban area or visited different schools in Baselland and Solothurn.